Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Lightning Sparks Fire In Sierra National Forrest, Northeast Of Fresno

wild-fireA lightning-sparked fire in the Sierra National Forest about 75 miles northeast of Fresno grew to about 9,000 acres as firefighters battle smoke and steep terrain as well as the blaze itself.

The U.S. Forest Service said Sunday that the fire also expanded in the late afternoons over the last two days when the smoke lifted, making the area hotter.

The fire near Shaver Lake is not threatening any communities, but Fresno County Sheriff's officials said at least 16 campgrounds in the area have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Trails and recreational areas in the Kaiser Wilderness near Huntington Lake are also closed and three structures are threatened.

Authorities say they have 15 percent of the fire contained.